Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde is considering leaving the club after just one season despite being on the verge of a domestic double, say reports in Spain.
The 54-year-old moved to the Camp Nou from Athletic Bilbao last summer and despite leading his side to domestic dominance this season, his relationship with the club’s board is said to be strained.
Diario AS reports Valverde – who has a deal with Barca until June 2019 – is considering leaving the Catalan giants despite winning the Copa del Rey and needing just one point from five games to win La Liga.
A report in El Mundo Deportivo on Saturday, reportedly leaked directly from the club’s board, suggested the Coach would be dismissed should he fail to defeat Sevilla in the Copa final.
As it turned out, the Blaugrana triumphed 5-0 but the club’s exit in the Champions League quarter-finals at the hands of Roma is said to have infuriated the board.
The players reportedly support Valverde and were hugely upset at the report in El Mundo Deportivo, claim AS, but nonetheless the possibility of a summer exit is real.